Major tragedy averted in Kashmir by police, says Vijay Kumar
By: Muzamil Bhat CK
Srinagar: Kashmir Police chief on Wednesday said a major tragedy was averted in Awantipora where according to police, a Pulwama-type IED attack was planned by the militants. Giving details he said that the group was already under the watch of police and they were arrested on Wednesday.
He said that Sahil Nazir, a resident of Pampore was arrested, after monitoring his activities through surveillance.
Another youth named Nazir was arrested and questioned by police who according to police said that he was tasked to assemble an IED in a car for which he was paid by the militants, he had also arranged a Maruti car in north Kashmir to carry out the possible attack.
After questioning Nazir, police arrested three more persons in this matter while their fifth colleague is still on a run. IGP claimed that by this action police prevented the IED attacks in South Kashmir which could have been devastating to the present peace.
The police chief while briefing media gave details about how the attack was planned, Nazir had bought an old vehicle bearing registration No. JK01E-0690 and the same vehicle was supposed to be fitted with explosives and were being brought from North Kashmir. During the police investigation, Awantipora police arrested Kaiser Ahmad from Pampore, Mohammad Fayaz and Yasir Ahmad Wani, IGP added.
While questioning, Nazir also confessed that the grenade attack on the CRPF party at Pampore on 25, January was carried out by him. IGP further mentioned that militants were planning to carry out a blast at MC building Awantipora by Omar Khanday, a LeT militant.
During the investigation of the matter, police arrested a local named Musaib Ahmad Gojri of Pampore South Kashmir had kept 25 kg of ammonia powder at his home, following which two more arrests were made. The trio while questioning revealed that other parts required for making the bomb were to come from north Kashmir.
Meanwhile, IGP told the media that police is also booking 15 persons under Public Safety Act, in the recent Stone pelting incident in Nowhatta on Friday. So, for a total of 39 persons have been arrested and police are identifying others from the video footages available in Downtown Srinagar and will also be booked under PSA, he added.